North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies

The North Carolina Institute for Climate Studies is formed through a consortium of academic, non-profit and community organizations. It is an “inter institutional institute” within the University of North Carolina system hosted by NC State University for the UNC General Administration. It is the UNC System face of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites -NC (CICS-NC). CICS-NC is part of the Cooperative Institute for Climate and Satellites led by the University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) and North Carolina State University (NCSU) on behalf of the University of North Carolina (UNC) System. The host institutions for CICS-MD and CICS-NC are UMCP and NCSU, respectively.

NCICS provides foci for collaborative research and associated activities in support of NOAA mission goals related to meteorological satellite and climate data and information research and development. The broad NCICS consortium constitutes a first step toward the implementation of an academic infrastructure needed to support regional and national climate services.

NCICS scientific vision centers on observation from Earth-orbiting satellites and prediction using realistic mathematical models of the present and future behavior of the Earth System. In this context, observations include the development of new ways to use existing observations, the invention of new methods of observation, and the creation and application of ways to synthesize observations from many sources into a complete and coherent depiction of the full system. Prediction requires the development and application of coupled models of the complete climate system, including atmosphere, oceans, land surface, cryosphere and ecosystems.

Underpinning all of these activities is the fundamental goal of enhancing our collective interdisciplinary understanding of the state and evolution of the full Earth System. Toward this vision central to NOAA Goals, NCICS conducts collaborative research with NOAA scientists in three principal Themes: Climate and Satellite Research and Applications, Climate and Satellite Observations and Monitoring, and Climate Research and Modeling.